First Official AMD R9 290X Benchmarks Appear
If you’re wondering how AMD’s forthcoming R9 290X GPU fairs against Nvidia’s GTX 780, wonder no more. Well, wonder a little still, actually, as you should always take non-independent numbers with a grain of salt.
During a demo in Montreal yesterday, AMD took its own R9 290X and did some public 4K benchmarking against Nvidia’s GTX 780. Each card was paired with an identical test setup: a 3.3 GHz Intel Core i7 3960X processor, an MSI X79A-GD65 motherboard, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and Windows 7 64-bit with SP1. AMD’s R9 290X ran with Catalyst 13.11 beta drivers installed, while the Nvidia driver of choice was 331.40 (the latest beta driver for 700 series cards).
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- AMD Radeon R9 290X “Quiet Mode” average frame rate: 44.25
- NVIDIA GTX 780 average frame rate: 37.67
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- AMD Radeon R9 290X “Quiet Mode” average frame rate: 40.2
- NVIDIA GTX 780 average frame rate: 34.5
In both cases, the R9
280X 290X represents a 15 percent performance bump over the older GTX 780. Not too shabby for a five-month release date separation.
There’s still no official word on a release date and price for either the R9 290 and R9 290X, but with Battlefield 4 quickly approaching, both cards should hit eRetailers everywhere quite soon.